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MALAWI: Lazzar Phiri,* "It's a thing that we needed to discuss."
12 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Lazzar Phiri*, a health worker in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, doesn't only preach the benefits of male circumcision - he knows them first hand. Almost a year ago he went for the minor operation at a clinic run by the family planning organization, Banja La Mtsogolo (BLM) - Future Family in the Chichewa language. In a country where "the cut" remains controversial, Phiri sat down with IRIN/PlusNews to talk about it.
MALAWI: Gift Trapence, "People are targeted because of who they are, not what they are doing"
7 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Gift Trapence is the executive director of the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), a human rights organization in Malawi - one of the few working with vulnerable groups like men who have sex with men (MSM), prisoners and sex workers.
MALAWI: Court case drives MSM deeper underground
6 April 2010 (PlusNews ), An engagement ceremony has landed a same-sex Malawian couple in jail, propelled their country into international headlines, and pushed men who have sex with men (MSM) further towards society's risky margins.
MALAWI: Ambitious plans to prolong lives
19 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Malawi's government has set itself a major challenge this year, announcing plans to more than double the number of people receiving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to half a million by the end of 2010.
AFRICA: Tracking the male circumcision rollout
2 March 2010 (PlusNews ), Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.
AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer
19 January 2010 (PlusNews ), More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.
MALAWI: Esinati Chimpere, "Is it a crime to be HIV positive?"
26 November 2009 (PlusNews ), The story of Esinati Chimpere, 29, a single mother living in Kanyumbaaka village, in the Balaka district of southern Malawi, reveals how stigma is refusing to die in some societies.
AFRICA: Electronic records can streamline health care
27 October 2009 (PlusNews ), Replacing manual data with electronic health records would significantly improve the quality of care and enable African HIV treatment programmes to be scaled up more efficiently, say the authors of a new article on the subject.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Life insurance for HIV-positive people, at a price
22 October 2009 (PlusNews ), The availability of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and legislation prohibiting discrimination have helped turn HIV/AIDS into just another chronic disease, but an HIV-positive status can still be an obstacle to getting a loan or buying insurance.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV-positive children living longer
18 September 2009 (PlusNews ), The number of HIV-infected children in southern Africa who survive into adolescence without treatment is greater than previously thought, and will keep increasing for years to come.
AFRICA: Condoms - the hole truth
10 September 2009 (PlusNews ), Having a condom split during sex is not much fun, but the idea that millions of condoms may be faulty before they are opened is the stuff nightmares are made of.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: What of the female condom?
10 September 2009 (PlusNews ), If you haven't seen a female condom lately, you're not alone. More than 15 years after the only female-controlled method to prevent HIV was introduced, it is still largely marginalized and inaccessible.
MALAWI: Education to boost popularity of female condom
24 July 2009 (PlusNews ), A year after the female condom was re-launched in Malawi amid high hopes it would empower women to have more control in their sexual relationships and better protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies, usage has remained relatively low.
AFRICA: Male circumcision slowly taking off
23 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The World Health Organization endorsed male circumcision (MC) as an HIV-prevention measure two years ago, but implementation of large-scale male circumcision programmes has been relatively slow.
GLOBAL: Treating addiction can prevent HIV
22 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Alcohol and drug addiction are major drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of the world, but for political and ideological reasons, scientists and clinicians have tended to shy away from this area of HIV research, while governments and donors have been reluctant to fund programmes targeting addicts.
GLOBAL: Test and treat to wipe out AIDS
21 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The idea of using antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) not only to treat HIV infection but also to prevent new infections, and eventually to eradicate the virus almost entirely, is being hotly debated at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
GLOBAL: Scientific community urged to become activists
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), The 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention opened on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa, amidst reports that funding gaps and poor management are threatening supplies of life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in at least six African countries.
GLOBAL: Changes afoot for US global AIDS policy
20 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Just three weeks into his new appointment, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Dr Eric Goosby outlined on Monday some of the changes that President Barack Obama’s administration will make to the country's global AIDS policy at the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Cape Town, South Africa.
GLOBAL: Male circumcision does not reduce partner's HIV risk
17 July 2009 (PlusNews ), New research suggests that circumcising HIV-positive men does not reduce the risk of their female partners becoming HIV-infected.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: The high cost of sex work
16 July 2009 (PlusNews ), Southern Africa's sex workers, denied access to HIV prevention and treatment services, are paying a high price to make a living when even government-issued condoms are not always free, according to a new report.

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